Robert J. Jackson, Jr.

Professor of Law; Co-Director, Ira M. Millstein Center

Office: Jerome L. Greene Hall, Room 819
435 West 116th Street
New York NY 10027
Tel: 212-854-0409
Email: robert.jackson@law.columbia.edu

Assistant Info

Name: Avi Lowenstein
Phone: 212-854-8221
Email: alowenstein@law.columbia.edu
 

Biography

Robert J. Jackson, Jr. is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School, where his research emphasizes empirical study of executive compensation and corporate governance matters. Before joining the faculty in 2010, Professor Jackson served as an advisor to senior officials at the Department of the Treasury and in the Office of the Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation. Before that, Professor Jackson practiced in the Executive Compensation Department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz.

Professor Jackson has testified about his work before the U.S. Senate, and his research has been the subject of rulemaking commentary before several federal agencies, including the Federal Reserve and the Securities and Exchange Commission. His most recent projects include the first empirical study of incentives throughout the managerial hierarchy of a large investment bank (Stock Unloading and Banker Incentives, 112 Colum. L. Rev. 951 (2012)) and the first comprehensive study of CEO pay in firms owned by private equity (Private Equity and Executive Compensation, 60 U.C.L.A. L. Rev. 638 (2013)). Professor Jackson has also written about corporate spending on politics (Corporate Political Speech: Who Decides?, 124 Harv. L. Rev. 83 (2010) (with Lucian A. Bebchuk)), and co-chaired a group of legal academics that has petitioned the SEC to make rules requiring U.S. public companies to disclose such spending.

In 2012, Columbia students honored Professor Jackson with the Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Also in 2012, Professor Jackson moderated a Fred Friendly Seminar on Financial Innovation in conjunction with Columbia Business School.

Recent papers are available here.

Recent policy advocacy is available here.

Additional Affiliations

Member, RAND Center of Corporate Ethics and Governance Advisory Board

Expertise

  • Executive Compensation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Law

Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2005
  • Kennedy School of Government, M.P.P, 2005
  • The Wharton School, M.B.A., 2000
  • The Wharton School, B.S. in Economics, 1999
  • The University of Pennsylvania and Pembroke College, Oxford, B.A. in Philosophy, 1999